I love hooded towels, but AJ has outgrown the infant-sized ones we got when she was first born. I found a towel that said it was “toddler-sized” and bought it, and it’s bigger than those other towels, but still not really big enough. I want a big, soft, snuggly hooded towel that I can completely wrap her up in after bath time. So I decided I had to make my own! Luckily it’s ridiculously easy to make your own hooded towel; for this DIY hooded towel all you need is a bath towel, a matching hand towel, and to sew 2 straight lines of stitching!
This DIY hooded towel was so easy to make, I’m planning on making a few more! Plus the towel is so big I’m sure it will last her for years! Depending on the size of the bath towel you buy, you could even make these for teenagers or adults (I think they call the really big towels “bath sheets”).
DIY Hooded Towel Tutorial
- 30 minutes (time spent doing stuff)
- 0 minutes (time spent waiting around)
- 30 minutes (total project time)
- sewing machine
- rotary cutter or fabric scissors (or regular scissors if you want; it doesn’t really matter how “neat” the cut edge is)
- clear acrylic ruler and cutting mat (if you’re using a rotary cutter, otherwise you don’t need these)
- straight pins
NOTE: You cut the hand towel in half to form the hood, so with 2 bath towels and 1 hand towel you can make two hooded towels. Or just use the other half of the hand towel as a rag.
Start by cutting the hand towel in half so that you end up with two pieces that are short and fat.
You only need one half to make the hood, so set the other half aside. If your hand towel has a “right side” and a “wrong side”, figure out which they are. Otherwise just choose which side you want to be inside the hood and which side you want to be on the outside.
Fold the piece of hand towel in half so that the “right sides” face inwards and you end up with another short, fat, rectangle with the cut edges stacked on top of each other. Then pin the cut edges together.
Using a zig zag stitch, sew the cut edges together.
Then turn the hood right side out so that the zig zag seam you just sewed is on the inside; make sure to turn it inside out all the way up to the corner/point of the hood. Then lay the hood out flat so that the factory-finished edge of the towel is at the bottom and the seam you just sewed is running flat down the middle of the hood.
Find the center of the bath towel (along the long edge) and line it up with the center of the factory-finished bottom edge of the hood. Pin the hood onto the bath towel.
NOTE: I just laid the hood on top of the bath towel and pinned them together because I wasn’t worried about the seam showing from the outside/back of the towel. If you want to hide the seam, rotate the hood 180 degrees so that the point is down, then lay it on top of the towel, right sides together. Pin the hood to the towel, then sew. That way the seam will be on the inside.
Sew the hood onto the towel with a sturdy stitch (I used a zig zag stitch again), and you’re done!
The towel is totally big enough to fully wrap AJ up when we take her out of the bath, and it’s soft and snuggly too!
And it’s definitely going to “fit her” for a while; I don’t think she’ll outgrow it anytime soon. 🙂
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